The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as PhD student on the topic: Risks and recycling. Are contaminants and additives in waste materials limiting recycling? The project aims at assessing the limitations of waste recycling. Many products and recyclable waste materials contain additives/contaminants which are unwanted in a recycling context. These contaminants may pose a problem either because they limit downstream recycling or utilization options for waste materials or because the contaminants may accumulate during recycling, potentially to a level where recycling is not feasible. Addressing this issue requires detailed knowledge of the waste composition; however, current waste data are in most cases insufficient for assessing the importance of contaminants in recyclable materials.
Candidates should have a Master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the Master’s degree in engineering. The applicant should have qualifications within the following areas: -Knowledge about waste management Background in chemistry and environmental chemistry -Knowledge about environmental risks -Knowledge about sampling and analysis.